This is an iconic walk where we follow one of the stages of the Cleveland Way.
We will start by walking through the fishing village of Staithes before picking up the Cleveland Way to Port Mulgrave (an old port particularly important for the local ironstone industry).
From here we will walk to the beautiful Runswick Bay, walking along the sandy beach before climbing the cliffs up to the coastal path for a long, but scenic stretch of coastal walking. We will descend into the former Alum works near Sandsend and hear about how important the alum industry was as part of a larger textile industry back in the 16 & 17th centuries.
We will stop briefly in Sandsend – a great little seaside village on the outskirts of Whitby, for refreshments, before climbing up the cliffs again into the Yorkshire town of Whitby.
Whitby has a fantastic history, from Abbess Hilda and the Synod of Whitby, to the inspiration for Dracula by Bram Stoker and a busy Jet and Whaling industry. There are the iconic whalebones on the one side of the cliffs and if you still have some energy left we can climb the 99 steps up to Whitby Abbey.
There will be time for a traditional fish and chip supper before heading home.